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Joe Conzo X Ynot

In an article published on October 4, 2005 by The New York Times, reporter David González heralded Joe Conzo Jr as “The Man Who Took Hip-Hop’s Baby Pictures.” The long and perilous journey of his photographic images had finally captured the gaze of mainstream America.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Joe Conzo Jr. acquired a passion for photography as a young boy attending the Agnes Russell School on the campus of Columbia University. He continued his formal artistic education at the School of Visual Arts (NYC).

The art, music, dance and aesthetics of his generation gave rise to a consciousness that defied authority and inspired personal battles against silence and hopelessness. There, at its earliest stage, was Joey aka “Joey Kane” passionately embracing his role as official photographer in an unfolding drama. However, every revolution has its casualties, and very few emerged unscathed.